The Inauguration of President John F. Kennedy in 1961 was one of the most exciting in American history. There was nothing like it until President Obama's Inauguration in 2008. The country was filled with hope for young President Kennedy. His election represented a change from the more sedate Presidency of Dwight Eisenhower to a new young and energetic generation eager to move forward.
The Inauguration was an amazing day despite eight inches of snow that fell in Washington, DC the day before and temperatures only in the low 20's. Frank Sinatra organized the pre-inaugural party with such stars as Bette Davis, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, Sidney Poitier, Laurence Olivier and so many others.
The Kennedy Inauguration was the first to include so many African-Americans when America was still deeply segregated.
Below are two videos with the first an excellent summary of the day and the second video is Kennedy's Inauguration Address considered one of the best ever.